Harman/Kardon AVR 3550 AV-receiver

The desire of the designers of the Harman/Kardon AVR 3550 to keep the signature design of the front panel has resulted in a duplication of indications: the name of the input and surround mode engaged is indicated by an LED near the corresponding inscription and on the two-color fluorescent display. Buttons on the "front" give access to most of the standard functions and one non-standard - Tone Mode (disabling the tone controls). Basic settings can be made with the aid of the display. But some important parameters (particularly volume per channel) can only be changed through the OSD system. Therefore, it is better to connect the Harman/Kardon AVR 3550 receiver to a TV or video projector from the beginning. It's not easy to get used to the programmable remote control - in addition to the AVR, it can operate up to six devices. There are many buttons, and the frequently used ones (for example, the volume control) are placed on the periphery. However, the division into operating zones is logical. A unique feature of the Harman/Kardon AVR 3550 remote control is EzSet. When you turn it on, the built-in microphone in the remote activates and the receiver goes into Test Tone mode. Receiving a signal from each speaker (the left front speaker is taken as a reference), the remote control signals with the color of the LED whether the volume is too low or too high. Of course, this is only an approximate setting, but beginners will appreciate its presence. We have in front of us the device for those who prefer pure, not limited in power stereo sound to multichannel, restored from the compressed state.

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